Primeur weekly 2013-10-21

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part IV ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data to return in 2014 ...

FORTISSIMO high-performance digital simulation and modelling for SMEs ...

Bull's website www.lecloudbybull.com goes live, for easy access to its full range of Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

Centre for Parallel Computing at University of Westminster to advertise 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

e-IRG Workshop to address e-Infrastructure Commons in Vilnius ...

PRACE to launch call for Expressions of Interest on Big Data in connection with large–scale simulations ...

Virtual Science Hub to launch competition for eExcursions ...

Bright Cluster Manager enhances support for NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA 5.5 ...

Bull announces a new generation of converged infrastructures, Bull BNEX, based on bullion servers ...

Bull Vision services recognized by CA Technologies for their ability to speed up IT transformation ...

ECMWF in search of new Director of Computing ...

University of Southampton switches on one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK ...

USFlash

Indiana University to lead $5 million science gateway project ...

Mellanox Virtual Protocol interconnect solution powers Pensions First's private Cloud business intelligence platform built on Windows server 2012 R2 ...

Solarflare enhances network monitoring, analysis and security with expanded SolarCapture software family ...

HP brings integrated, advanced customer analytics to marketers ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center lands $7.6-million NSF grant ...

Echelon announces next-generation multi-application control node to accelerate utilities' grid modernization efforts ...

Bright computing wins Deloitte Technology Fast50 "Rising Star 2013" Award ...

YarcData aligns with Selventa to help pharmaceutical companies deliver personalized medicine ...

Blue Waters supercomputer available for educational projects ...

CPUTER to launch Nikola supercomputer chess engine ...

MD Anderson taps IBM Watson to power "Moon Shots" mission aimed at ending cancer, starting with leukemia ...

IBM Research unveils two new Watson related projects from Cleveland Clinic collaboration ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-10-21

Focus

For the fourth time in a row, Primeur Magazine was granted the honour to double-interview Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics & Computing, Chief Scientist and Associate Director, CREST, Indiana University, and Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute of Informatics/JST CREST, Japan, about their view on Exascale development. More than ever, for all the really big issues, whether it be exascale, top parallel programming, Big Data/HPC-acknowledgment, or international collaboration benefits: the rubber is heavily craving to finally meet the road. Because we are now “half way” on the road to exascale, a lot was discussed and projected. Hence we decided to publish the interview in four parts: Growing gap between the top10 systems and the rest of HPC Exascale excitement Big Data International cooperation & Projection for next year Read further...

The Cloud

Based on the success of the recent ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data conferences in Heidelberg, the organizers will once again conduct the conferences in tandem next fall. The ISC Cloud'14 event will be held on September 29th and 30th, followed by ISC Big Data'14 from October 1st to 2nd, again at the Heidelberg Marriott. Read further...
A consortium of 45 partners has formed Fortissimo: a collaborative project that will enable European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a High Performance Computing Cloud infrastructure. The project is co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. Read further...
Bull has launched a new website, dedicated to its full range of Cloud solutions. The 'Le cloud by Bull' portal offers a spectrum of solutions to help organisations transition towards secure and made-to-measure enterprise Cloud computing; enabling them to use the Cloud as a powerful driver for business performance. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster is advertising 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing related European projects. Read further...

EuroFlash

The next e-IRG Open Workshop will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 4-5 November 2013. The workshop will be hosted by the Lithuanian e-IRG delegation. The workshop will address the implementation of the e-Infrastructure Commons as proposed in the e-IRG White Paper 2013, and the collaboration of ESFRI and e-IRG in particular on data related issues. Read further...
In order to provide the best possible services to the (European) scientific community and ensure the largest possible impact of these large-scale simulations, the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and the Board of Directors (BoD) of PRACE would like to get a better understanding of the challenges related to Big Data in connection with large–scale simulations. Read further...
The aims of GLOBAL excursion are basically twofold: on the one hand the goal is to enrich science teaching in European schools and on the other hand researchers and their institutions are offered a promotion channel towards a school audience. GLOBAL excursion (Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online) is a support action funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7 and attributed to DG Connect - Excellence in Science - Digital Science. Read further...
Bright Computing has made available enhanced support for NVIDIA GPU accelerators in Bright Cluster Manager. Enhancements include support for the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 5.5, the most-recently released version of the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming platform. Read further...
In the infrastructure domain, IT organisations today face a triple challenge: quickly and accurately respond to business line requests, manage exponential growth of data and flows, optimize the use of resources and investment in a context of limited budgets. Converged infrastructures increasingly appear as the solution to the puzzle of these conflicting requirements. As a pragmatic answer, Bull has made available new converged infrastructure solutions, Bull BNEX, based on Bull bullion servers and NetApp storage arrays. These solutions offer great agility for customers who now virtualize their business critical applications. Read further...
Bull has scooped the annual 'Business Transformation' EMEA Partner Award given by independent software vendor CA Technologies. The award recognizes the recent roll-out of Bull's Vision monitoring services based on CA Nimsoft Monitor that helps customers to accelerate IT transformation, across Europe and Africa. This is also a recognition to Bull's commercial dynamism and ability to deliver value added solutions. Read further...
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is recruiting an exciting opportunity for an experienced, commercially minded and delivery focused HPC professional. The Director of Operations will drive the management and development of a mission-critical supercomputer at the heart of globally recognised meteorological organisation. The role will be based in Reading, UK. Read further...
The University of Southampton has flicked the on-switch for the most powerful university-based supercomputer in England and the third largest academic supercomputing facility in the UK. 'Iridis4' will also enter the top ten of the UK's elite supercomputers. Read further...

USFlash

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million, five-year collaborative grant to Indiana University (IU), the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to develop the Science Gateway Platform, or SciGaP. The platform, which will provide researchers with a variety of hosted services that support science gateways, will further scientific discovery and transform science gateway construction. Read further...
Mellanox's end-to-end Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) solution has been chosen by Pensions First to power its multi-tenanted private Cloud business intelligence solution, which uses Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. Mellanox's VPI technology delivers seamless data communication over FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40Gb/s Ethernet which allows customers to select their fabric of choice across a common infrastructure. Read further...
Solarflare, a provider of application-intelligent networking software and hardware, has expanded its SolarCapture product family with the introduction of SolarCapture Pro. SolarCapture Pro, when used with Solarflare's Flareon server adapters and ApplicationOnload Engine (AOE), provides advanced packet capture capabilities typically found in expensive, specialized appliances or exotic hardware. Read further...
HP Autonomy has unveiled the HP Digital Marketing Hub, a new solution that enables marketers to deliver compelling and personalized experiences based on real-time analysis of diverse and massive volumes of information across multiple customer touch points. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a grant to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to develop a prototype Data Exacell (DXC), a next-generation system for storing, handling and analysing vast amounts of data. The $7.6-million, four-year grant will allow PSC to architect, build, test and refine DXC in collaboration with selected scientific research projects that face unique challenges in working with and analysing "Big Data". Read further...
Echelon Corporation, a control networking platform provider, has introduced the new DCN 3000 distributed control node, a multi-protocol, multi-application platform designed to help electric utilities around the world accelerate and simplify their grid modernization and optimization programmes. The DCN 3000 extends Echelon's proven, reliable grid technology with increased computing power and flexibility, establishing a more intelligent communication infrastructure between grid devices and the utility head-end through a variety of wireless and fixed connectivity options. Read further...
Bright Computing has been declared Deloitte Technology Fast50 "Rising Star 2013". Bright Computing was initially identified as a top-ten finalist from a field of over 100 pre-selected technology companies in this award category. The top finishers have been deemed most promising in the areas of: product innovation, scalability of the business model, market disruption, and revenue growth potential. Read further...
YarcData, a Cray company committed to providing a Big Data solutions for real-time data discovery, has made a collaborative effort with Selventa, a provider of systems diagnostics for personalized medicine. Selventa will have access to YarcData's Big Data analytics appliance, Urika, to help pharmaceutical organisations better target drugs, condense the time needed for new drug discoveries and accelerate market delivery. Read further...
As part of the Blue Water project, up to 1 percent - or 1.8 million node-hours - per year of the system's computational capacity is available for educational uses, including semester-long courses, workshops, and institutes. Read further...
NIKOLA supercomputer chess engine is a new technology that is based on the CUDA technology by Nvidia that is specifically designed to outperform the current solutions of supercomputers which are available now or which could be created in time to come. The AI machine developed by CPUTER runs a huge number of GPU's and uses complex algorithms that have dynamic parallel architecture of computing. Read further...
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is using the IBM Watson cognitive computing system for its mission to eradicate cancer. Following a year-long collaboration, IBM and MD Anderson will showcase a prototype of MD Anderson's Oncology Expert Advisor powered by IBM Watson. The organisations will discuss their shared vision to leverage Watson's cognitive computing power to help patients by enabling clinicians to uncover valuable insights from the cancer centre's rich patient and research databases. Read further...
IBM Research has unveiled two new Watson-related cognitive technologies that are expected to help physicians make more informed and accurate decisions faster and to cull new insights from electronic medical records (EMR). The projects known as "WatsonPaths" and "Watson EMR Assistant" are the result of a year-long research collaboration with faculty, physicians and students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Both are key projects that will create technologies that can be leveraged by Watson to advance the technology in the domain of medicine. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-10-21

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part IV ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data to return in 2014 ...

FORTISSIMO high-performance digital simulation and modelling for SMEs ...

Bull's website www.lecloudbybull.com goes live, for easy access to its full range of Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

Centre for Parallel Computing at University of Westminster to advertise 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

e-IRG Workshop to address e-Infrastructure Commons in Vilnius ...

PRACE to launch call for Expressions of Interest on Big Data in connection with large–scale simulations ...

Virtual Science Hub to launch competition for eExcursions ...

Bright Cluster Manager enhances support for NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA 5.5 ...

Bull announces a new generation of converged infrastructures, Bull BNEX, based on bullion servers ...

Bull Vision services recognized by CA Technologies for their ability to speed up IT transformation ...

ECMWF in search of new Director of Computing ...

University of Southampton switches on one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK ...

USFlash

Indiana University to lead $5 million science gateway project ...

Mellanox Virtual Protocol interconnect solution powers Pensions First's private Cloud business intelligence platform built on Windows server 2012 R2 ...

Solarflare enhances network monitoring, analysis and security with expanded SolarCapture software family ...

HP brings integrated, advanced customer analytics to marketers ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center lands $7.6-million NSF grant ...

Echelon announces next-generation multi-application control node to accelerate utilities' grid modernization efforts ...

Bright computing wins Deloitte Technology Fast50 "Rising Star 2013" Award ...

YarcData aligns with Selventa to help pharmaceutical companies deliver personalized medicine ...

Blue Waters supercomputer available for educational projects ...

CPUTER to launch Nikola supercomputer chess engine ...

MD Anderson taps IBM Watson to power "Moon Shots" mission aimed at ending cancer, starting with leukemia ...

IBM Research unveils two new Watson related projects from Cleveland Clinic collaboration ...